LFIAA Daoist Boxing System Of Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu “ Refining The Fighting Art”

At first when anyone enters into the study and practice of the Daoist Boxing system of the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu. They are usually overwhelmed by the about of information there is to learn, such as form work, footwork, striking and kicking techniques, evasion sets, soft & hard deflections, blocks, joint locking methods and fast throwing techniques. The training syllabus is quite extensive and loads of practitioners get caught up in learning this extensive training syllabus to take part in examinations to receive various coloured sash grades to become teachers (Shifu) themselves, to then go onto teaching individuals and groups within their own classes. Sadly this is the learning and practicing of the “Art” aspect of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu and not the “Fighting Art” aspect.

To train in the “Fighting Art” of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu, a practitioner must focus more on refining their techniques to what they think is useful to themselves. This means to only use certain punching and striking methods that they feel comfortable with, for example they will only work on developing palm and elbow striking Combinations alongside one or two lowline kicking techniques. Defensively they may only choose to use palm and arm deflections and clock face basic evasion footwork etc. The only way that you can learn to refine your Feng Shou-Kung Fu to see what works for you and what does not work for you to become an effective fighting art. Can only be achieved by practicing more of the Feng Shou- Kung Fu’s “Striking Hands” (Da Shou) freestyle fighting exercise to test each practitioners fighting art methods.

Obviously, because there is so much information to learn and cover within the Daoist Boxing system of Feng Shou-Kung Fu there is no way that you can use all of the information that is taught. So it is all about refining, refining, striping back to what only works for you as an effective, practical fighting art. As a teacher you demonstrate, guide and lead your students into the total “Art” that makes up the whole Feng Shou- Kung Fu Style, which means teaching things that you don’t like or use, as well as teaching things that you also like and would use. But as a fighting art you would only use what you have refined to suit your own attributes after spending many hours, days, weeks, months and years of dedicated self practice on daily refining your Feng Shou-Kung Fu as a fighting art.

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